updated 03:31 am EST, Sun December 16, 2012
Various full-size iPad models, range of Android options
In a surprise move perhaps inspired by iPad discounts at various other retailers, cellular provider AT&T has announced an online and in-store tablet sale, taking $100 off a selection of 7-inch and larger Android tablets as well as various iPad models, including the iPad mini. The deal is contingent on signing a two-year data plan, but does include a rare price break on the current-model LTE Retina iPad and LTE iPad mini at all size options.
The offer also includes refurbished iPads, though the only iPad offering currently available as refurbished is the 16 or 32GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model, the latter now priced at $429 with a two-year contract. Android models are also available, both new and refurbished, including the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 models. Two Window 8 tablets, the Samsung ATIV Smart PC and the ASUS VivoTab RT, are on sale as well -- though both are more expensive than most of the Android or iOS models available.
The sale runs through the end of December. The offer is only good on new activations, though customers can already be owners of other AT&T phones or other tablets.